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Prince / Sign O’ The Times reissue

Remastered • 8CD+DVD or 13LP+DVD super deluxe •  45 unreleased vault tracks • 2LP peach vinyl • Plus: 2CD, 3CD and 4LP sets,

Prince‘s 1987 album Sign O’ The Times will be reissued by Warner Records in September and amongst the formats are two enormous CD and vinyl super deluxe editions that offer a massive 63 previously unreleased tracks, including 45 studio ‘vault’ tracks. Read on for all the details…

Getting straight down to it, the super deluxe edition box sets comprise the following:

  • CD1 or LP 1- Sign O’ The Times (Remastered)
  • CD2 or LP 2 – Sign O’ The Times (Remastered)
  • CD3 or LP 3 & 4 – Singles Mixes / Edits / B-Sides (Remastered)
  • CD4 or LP 5 & 6 – Vault Tracks (Unreleased)
  • CD5 or LP 7 & 8 – Vault Tracks (Unreleased)
  • CD6 or LP 9 & 10 – Vault Tracks (Unreleased)
  • CD8 or 9 / LPs 11-13 – Live In Utrecht June 20th 1987 (Unreleased)
  • DVD – Live at Paisley Park December 31st 1987 (Unreleased Sign O’ The Times show ft Miles Davis)

The 45 vault tracks are full of unreleased gems including a 1979 version of ‘I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man‘, two unreleased versions of ‘Strange Relationship‘ (including a Shep Pettibone club remix!), alternate versions of ‘The Ballad of Dorothy Parker‘ and ‘Forever in My Life‘ and a fantastic amount of songs that Prince simply never issued, many of which were destined for three aborted albums conceived in 1986:  The Dream Factory, Camille and Crystal Ball. These songs include ‘Rebirth of the Flesh‘, two completely different versions of ‘Witness 4 the Prosecution‘ and ‘Wonderful Day‘ (again two versions, one of which is a 12-inch remix). Full track listing can be found below.

It’s an embarrassment of riches and of course as well as all this unreleased material, the super deluxe editions contain a CD (or two LPs) of all the commercially released seven-inch edits, 12-inch remixes, B-sides, dub mixes and more. Like the album itself these have all been remastered by Bernie Grundman.

The box sets also deliver an entire previously unreleased audio recording of Prince’s Sign O’ The Times tour performance in Utrecht from 20 June 1987 and a DVD (NTSC, region free) with a complete previously unreleased recording of Prince’s benefit performance at Paisley Park, 31 December 1987 (featuring Prince’s only on-stage collaboration with Miles Davis).


Sign O’ The Times 8CD+DVD super deluxe with 120-page book (click image to enlarge)

Both vinyl and CD boxes are presented in a 12″ x 12″ sets and come with a 120-page hardcover book featuring brand new liner notes from various parties including Lenny Kravitz (who provides a foreword), audio engineer Susan Rogers, Dave Chappelle and Minneapolis music scene commentator Andrea Swensson. There are also detailed notes on the vault tracks by Prince scholar Duane Tudahl and the book also includes previously unseen photos and Prince’s handwritten lyrics.

As well as the two big boxes, 3CD and 4LP packages offer remastered album alongside the single mixes, edits and B-sides while the album-only editions come on limited 2LP peach-coloured vinyl and 2CD. All formats except 2CD and 2LP are ONE TIME ONLY pressings. Once the initial run sells out that’s it! Once the 2LP peach vinyl is gone, it will be replaced with a black vinyl version. Fans will be well aware that the 1999 super deluxe editions are now out of print less than a year after release. The vinyl sets will come with a download code!

Sign O’ The Times 13LP+DVD super deluxe with 120-page book (click image to enlarge)

Additionally, a special seven-inch singles box set on peach vinyl, with some vault tracks included, is limited to 1987 units and is exclusive to the Prince store and Third Man Records.

SDE has had an exclusive preview of some of the vault tracks and discussed this reissue with vault archivist Michael Howe. Stay tuned for more coverage!

Sign O’ The Times is  reissued on 25 September 2020 by Warner Music.


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CD1 / LP1: Remastered Album (Disc 1)

1 Sign O’ The Times
2 Play In The Sunshine
3 Housequake
4 The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker
5 It
6 Starfish And Coffee
7 Slow Love
8 Hot Thing
9 Forever In My Life

CD2 / LP2: Remastered Album (Disc 2)

1 U Got The Look
2 If I Was Your Girlfriend
3 Strange Relationship
4 I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
5 The Cross
6 It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
7 Adore

CD3 / LP3&4: Single Mixes & Edits

1 Sign O’ The Times (7” single edit)
2 La, La, La, He, He, Hee (7” single edit)
3 La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (12” version)
4 If I Was Your Girlfriend (7” single edit)
5 Shockadelica (“If I Was Your Girlfriend” B-side)
6 Shockadelica (12” long version)
7 U Got the Look (Long Look) (12” edit)
8 Housequake (7” edit)
9 Housequake (7 Minutes MoQuake) (12” edit)
10 I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Fade 7” edit)
11 Hot Thing (7” single edit)
12 Hot Thing (Extended Remix)
13 Hot Thing (Dub Version)

CD4 / LP5&6: Vault, Part 1

1 I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (1979 version)
2 Teacher, Teacher (1985 version)
3 All My Dreams
4 Can I Play With U? (featuring Miles Davis)
5 Wonderful Day (original version)
6 Strange Relationship (original version)
7 Visions
8 The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (with horns)
9 Witness 4 The Prosecution (version 1)
10 Power Fantastic (live in studio)
11 And That Says What?
12 Love And Sex
13 A Place In Heaven (Prince vocal)
14 Colors
15 Crystal Ball (7” mix)
16 Big Tall Wall (version 1)
17 Nevaeh Ni Ecalp A
18 In A Large Room With No Light

All tracks previously unreleased

CD5 / LP7&8: Vault, Part 2

1 Train
2 It Ain’t Over ‘Til The Fat Lady Sings
3 Eggplant (Prince vocal)
4 Everybody Want What They Don’t Got
5 Blanche
6 Soul Psychodelicide
7 The Ball
8 Adonis And Bathsheba
9 Forever In My Life (early vocal studio run-through)
10 Crucial (alternate lyrics)
11 The Cocoa Boys
12 When The Dawn Of The Morning Comes
13 Witness 4 The Prosecution (version 2)
14 It Be’s Like That Sometimes

All tracks previously unreleased

CD6 / LP9&10: Vault, Part 3

1 Emotional Pump
2 Rebirth Of The Flesh (with original outro)
3 Cosmic Day
4 Walkin’ In Glory
5 Wally
6 I Need A Man
7 Promise To Be True
8 Jealous Girl (version 2)
9 There’s Something I Like About Being Your Fool
10 Big Tall Wall (version 2)
11 A Place In Heaven (Lisa vocal)
12 Wonderful Day (12” mix)
13 Strange Relationship (1987 Shep Pettibone Club Mix)

All tracks previously unreleased

CD7&8 / LP11-13: Live In Utrecht – June 20, 1987

1 Intro/Sign O’ The Times
2 Play In The Sunshine
3 Little Red Corvette
4 Housequake
5 Girls & Boys
6 Slow Love
7 Take The “A” Train/Pacemaker/I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
8 Hot Thing
9 Four
10 If I Was Your Girlfriend
11 Let’s Go Crazy
12 When Doves Cry
13 Purple Rain
14 1999
15 Forever In My Life
16 Kiss
17 The Cross
18 It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night

All tracks previously unreleased

DVD: Live At Paisley Park – December 31, 1987

1 Sign O’ The Times
2 Play In The Sunshine
3 Little Red Corvette
4 Erotic City
5 Housequake
6 Slow Love
7 Do Me, Baby
8 Adore
9 I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
10 What’s Your Name Jam
11 Let’s Pretend We’re Married
12 Delirious
13 Jack U Off
14 Drum Solo
15 Twelve
16 Hot Thing
17 If I Was Your Girlfriend
18 Let’s Go Crazy
19 When Doves Cry
20 Purple Rain
21 1999
22 U Got The Look
23 It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night Medley (featuring Miles Davis)

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Erik

For those who have opened the 13 LP vinyl set, is there an expiry date on the digital download code please? I have bought the box set for a present, but don’t want the code to expire. I can’t travel to the beneficiary due to COVID.

Thanks

Mark Taylor

Anyone had shopping notification from Amazon.ca? I’m in the UK, pre-ordered in June and it still doesn’t say it’s been dispatched, it just says estimated delivery 30th November 2020 – 5th January 2021. Anyone else?

Mark Taylor

Just had confirmation of shipped item and a £30 import charge!?! Seriously!?! Is that right?

Jim Brady

Just got the 3 disc version from delivered today. The first two discs ripped into my computer just fine, but the third (the single edits, remixes and B-sides) in shown in Japanese text in my iTunes. Kinda odd. I suppose I’ll just have to go through the list of tracks and re-do the track info.

John Matthews

The alarm clock ring and the first four piano notes of Starfish & Coffee are just one reason why Sign is a work of genius. I

Stephen

I’ve said it before then go back but not this time. It’s over Amazon, I’ve given you money, loyalty and how do you repay me? I’ll probably need anxiety counselling after this. And no, there’s no more chances. Just give me my money back and keep what you obviously don’t say you have.

Stephen

Then HMV told me my bank had rejected their attempt to take funds, so once again I cancelled and placed an order elsewhere which has thankfully arrived in pristine condition, yet HMV still took my money even though they are showing the order as cancelled and never attempted to dispatch it. That’s HMV on my s!@t list as well as amazon. Hopefully I’ll get my £230 back soon

Rob Puricelli

And so the shenanigans with Amazon UK begin. Informed at 9:21am this morning that my item was “unforeseeably” delayed and will be delivered some time next week. Up till 9:20am, the Amazon site was telling me it would be with me by 8pm today. Given the typical brush off by Amazon CS. The only consolation is the significantly lower price.

The very same thing has happened to me with the Bowie box sets. What is it about high ticket, vinyl box sets and Amazon?

Quite how the world’s largest online retailer can’t seem to fulfill orders placed three months in advance and yet SDE get theirs well in time is beyond me, and I mean no disrespect to Paul at all here. Amazon clearly have some strange purchasing policy which must allow them to drop the price but screw over those of us who pre-order.

Sadly, my wallet tells me that the £60-£80 cost saving I will get is more important.

Rob Puricelli

So, I popped down to my local record store yesterday to pick up a few RSD Drop 2 items and he did me a deal on the SOTT vinyl box, and coupled with some accrued in-store loyalty discount, I got it for even less than Amazon are selling it at!

Happy as a pig in the proverbial :-)

Bob L.

Got my 8-disc deluxe set from Amazon Germany yesterday and got a really big surprise unpacking: NO discs at all inside! This goes back and hopefully I get a complete replacement set next time

Terence Delaney

It’s funny the 3 Promo Videos on DVD are not listed but they are on it, SOTT/UGTL/ICNTTPOYM, also the last live track goes on for 34 mins with Miles Davis. Also does anyone know they never usually put the lyrics for bonus tracks on these sets? Hoping they are on the Japan release at least!

Lendy Enwisa

It’s funny, at the moment if you would like the 3 disc version over the 2 disc version at Amazon US it will cost you 1 cent more.

Kauwgompie

Yay, finally Prince SOTT week! Ordered 3 cd boxes from Italy and 2 from Canada, then another 2 vinyl boxes from Canada and 1 from UK. Also 4 peach vinyl sets from the USA. This is not for resell. It’s all for me. I also got the peach 7” vinyl box. For the normal price. This album should be celebrated. What a gem, what a memory, what a burst of insane creativity. I used to say Prince was the Mozart of the modern times. An album like this comes only once in a lifetime. Enjoy all!! Reissue of the year. Perhaps together with The Seeds Of Love. Whatever they put online from that box, amazing. Paul, the tracklisting for that seems exquisite. Ordered 3 of those boxes. Not for resell. All for me.

nel

where in canada? I have been looking and no luck!

Stuart Reid

Hi there. I’ve ordered from Amazon Canada but it now says it can’t deliver to my address which is here in Scotland. But u still have it showing in your prices ????

Mark Filby

Hi, I placed an order with Canada earlier and so far it hasn’t been cancelled – fingers crossed, I did manage to get the 1999 vinyl deluxe from the US at the third attempt as 2 arrived damaged. What Records have a good price on the vinyl of £219

Alan

Has the release date changed as got an email from Amazon Italy overnight saying my set now won’t arrive until October 1st to 3rd.

Simonf

Re: Alan

I had one of those Amazon emails this morning. Here it is in full…

Hello,

We’re writing about the order you placed on June 26 2020 (Order# 204-0802139-4971568). We don’t have an estimated delivery date for the items below. We’ll provide you with periodic updates on your delivery date, and notify you as soon as the items are ready to dispatch.

Prince “Sign O’ The Times (Super Deluxe)”

Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused by this delay.

Anyone know what is going on here? (I pre-ordered the 8CD/DVD set)

Ernie

I’ve had the same email from Amazon too. Amazon UK still shows the release date as late September which is odd. I hope they are not going to mess me about like they did with the TFF “Hurting” box which luckily I was able to get from the Universal site before they quickly sold out.

Paul, can you shed any light on this? Do Amazon not have the quantity to guarantee every order or is this a genuine product delay?

Nathan Thomas

I had the same email from Amazon re the Richard & Linda Thompson box set then another email the next day saying it would be delivered today & it was – maybe it’s an amazon email problem

Branny

I ordered mine from Amazon UK on 25th June and it still says due to arrive this Friday and so far I haven’t had any email to tell me any different.

Eric Generic

Hi Paul, on the SDE shop page for the 8CD/DVD boxset, it says free shipping to the UK. Will this be refunded after checkout/payment, or deducted at the point of payment? I’d rather use SDE than Amazon as they seem to be manhandling my orders a lot lately!

EG,

Eric Generic

OK, thanks for the reply Paul! I will give a try now.

EG.

Glenn

Importcds.com (US-based) has the 8CD + DVD Super Deluxe Edition box set for $113.65 plus shipping (about 30% off list price). Vinyl SDE box not discounted however.

Brent

Good price for Australian buyers, about A$110 less than WB Australia are listing it. Unfortunately Importcds.com won’t ship the vinyl set to Australia due to the weight.

Jason

Don’t order from them! They ship late, do not pack properly, and take forever to issue a refund for damages. My 1999 Super Deluxe was destroyed by the USPS because Import CD’s basically shipped it in a paper bag.

noyoucmon

Thank you, Jason, for your post–it is exactly what I needed to know. I was concerned about their packaging, and was on the cusp of cancelling my order at Amazon and going with them. Now I certainly won’t! I’m sorry that happened to your 1999 box.

Richard

Anybody in the UK order the 7 inch singles box ?

I got mine delivered by Fed-ex today. Woefully inadequately packaged! Just put inside a bigger (much too big) single wall carton with some brown paper to pack-out the empty space.
No bubble-wrap around the box for protection or anything like that!

Box corners are “dinged” to an extent that has actually split the cardboard !

Pretty FKD off right now :(

$99 !!??

Neil Lorentzen

I got mine from the Prince store and it came very well packed. An outside box along with an inner corrugated structure that kept it well away from the edges, as well as brown kraft paper to fill the extra space. I wish everything was packed this well. Sorry yours came damaged. It really takes the excitement away from getting new music. :(

Chris

Same – mine arrived in Ottawa (Canada) today – extremely well packed.

Gary Howell

Hi,
I have tried to order from Japan, but they will not ship to me (Sweden) or to My Dads address in England. I find this a bit strange as they are shipping His Majestey’s Pop Life cd to tomorrow!

Has anybody else had a problem?

Heinz

Sorry if this was asked before –
but does anyone know, if the Vinyl-set does include a digital download?

Heinz

Thank you Paul!!

elizabeth

Dammit – I ended up going out and finding the 1999 vinyl box, which was not quite as expensive as I feared, have the vinyl box for Sign of the Times already on order. Totally baffled as to why Purple Rain hasn’t received this treatment. I guess I’d stump up for similar sets for Lovesexy too and maybe Diamonds and Pearls, but I think that would be my limit.

Jason M

The stooges in charge of Prince’s material are not bad people, so I sorta regret calling them Stooges, but they are not die hard fans, and based on interviews with multiple behind the scenes people on these projects, they are simply doing a job. They lack the passion necessary to put love into this kind of a package. I know asking a die hard fan to be involved with a project like this is a foreign concept to them, just like Blu Ray does not exist in their minds. Purple Rain Deluxe was a rush job, and they have mentioned it, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed. As for the Sign Box, there are 3 versions of “Witness 4 The Prosecution” and it looks like they have chosen to include the weakest of the 3, while leaving out the best version. After attending 60 Prince concerts, and spending countless hours analyzing bootleg recordings, I am over qualified for the job, and would do it for free if I could be promised room and board at a cheap hotel lol.

Jason M

One of the main problems is they don’t have any dire hard fan input. And I did not list all my qualifications, and probably sold myself short by not including my marketing knowledge, and business experience. Still, I’m not being considered for the job, they always go to corporate types anyway. But this is going to likely be the best Prince box ever, but it could have been better, and many die hards are happy, but not overwhelmed.

B

You’re a legend in your own mind.

David McCallum

Excited to see ‘Kiss’ on the set list from Utrecht – a “weird” song that Prince re-arranged often.

Björn

Sold out at JPC.

Mark Filby

Expensive, but you have to admire Warner’s marketing, Purple Rain was a bargain, 1999 was the market test and now Sign O’ The Times for a pain in the wallet!
What next, it would be Lovesexy, Diamonds & Pearls or Around The World In A Day for me but I guess they’ll look at what sold most.
Love the site Paul, it keeps me sane and poor.

Jeff D

Not related to SOTT specifically but for those that missed out on the deluxe 1999 set, supposedly amazon US has it back in stock starting July 18 and for around $70!!!!

Joe Donato

Thanks!! Good to know. I will be watching out for that as I missed out the first time. I should never have waited. It appears that these box sets have an even smaller market now, and as such, smaller numbers are printed up. The fact that the Bowie CD sets are much more expensive (especially the ‘Five Years’ box) than when they came out, is another example.

Jason M

An easy way to solve the Box Sets selling out, is 6 months before the release date, announce it as “Prince Sign “O” The Times First Pressing of 15cd 2dvd Box Set” (Yes, I made it 15cd 2dvd as a fantasy). Limited to 5000 INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED copies. If they get 4,000 or more preorders, they can announce a second pressing of 3000 or whatever, that will be billed as “Second Pressing limited to **** copies, and the box can be labeled as second pressing on the inside with the number, like “Second Pressing # 2007 out of 3000.” That way you don’t end up paying $400 on ebay unless you wait five years.

CAB

For those wishing to support independent business, Burning Shed.com have all the versions of the Prince SOTT releases at pretty good prices.
£135 for the CD box, for instance.

Cornelius

Prince ‘Sign O The Times’ 8cd/dvd is now £159 on Amazon UK.

Rumour

8CD+DVD box is now €113,24 +shipping at amazon.it. I have already pre-ordered it for about €140 with lowest price guarantee, so this is a very nice drop!

MRP

Amazon Italy have dropped their price for the 8CD+DVD set to 114.48 Euro, including shipping to the UK. This looks like the best price without incurring VAT/customs duty that I have seen.

Steve

1999 box alert – If anyone in the UK is still after the 1999 vinyl box at a decent price, I just got mine from Amazon USA, foe $210 + $58 in import taxes paid to amazon through their global shipping system. So in UK £ that’s a total £214.
I know I should have bought it when it was released for under £200 but that’s better than the prices that are being asked now.

mark browne

Does anyone know if amazon Italy, superdeluxe edition will all the cds, book and cover be printed in English or Italian?

OB

There’s a 3cd edition, too. Amazon Italy

Avner

I emailed the Third Man and Prince Stores about expanding the run of the seven-inch singles box. The 1,987-unit run is cute, but obviously underestimated demand. They should make this a 2,500-5,000 unit run. I don’t mean a second pressing, but actually expand from 1,987 to 2,500, 3,000 or even 5,000 units. I, along with many other fans, missed out because it was available for only a few hours. I also reached out on both Instagram pages. My guess is that nothing has been printed/duplicated and it’s realistic to expand the run, but this could be complicated by estate/contractual issues.

GentleRabbit

As one of the lucky souls who managed to bag a copy before they ran out (I decided to ‘pull the trigger’ immediately on this before taking more time to decide on where/how to get decent prices on the others), I understand that they want to keep it limited and exclusive but I do feel for those who missed out. I would be annoyed that I missed it and that it went so quickly, too.

The main problem, as I see it, is that they (the Prince store, at least) placed no purchase limit on the item – so unless I’m mistaken, you could bag yourself as many copies as you could afford. I feel that this is unfair on people and could have been easily avoided.

These sorts of exclusive, highly-limited items need to be limited to 1 or 2 copies per customer. eBay is already filling up with people exploiting the situation, as could have been predicted.

Mike M

I disagree with that comment mate, some people just want a mint copy in their collection. Many of us cherish our records and look after them, if I buy a brand new copy from anywhere I expect to be mint because that’s how it was listed and because I want a mint copy not because I intend to sell it on. If I didn’t want a mint copy I would buy second hand.

Harold Dixon

Ultra-fussy is the wrong phrase, Paul.

Customers who demand a new item to appear as described (new) have every right to do so. If you package a vinyl properly, without any ‘dinks’ at the point of shipping, unless someone’s been boomeranging them out of their window for laughs, they should arrive in perfect condition. If not, it’s your chosen courier you should speak to, Paul.

You’re also not very ‘gentle’ with items, it must be said. Watching your unboxings sometimes makes me shreik when you leaf through a booklet like it’s a page from HELLO! magazine and crease a page. – Eeesh! – Burn! – Peace + Love xx

Alan M

I have quite a few albums bought new that have flaws. Split inner sleeves, corners slightly dented, record labels not sighted perfectly and so on. My 1999 deluxe boxset has the odd flaw.

The way i see it is they’re gonna get played, they’re gonna suffer the occasional knock, they’re made out of paper, card and plastic. I like a bit of life in my stuff.

And when it comes to second hand albums (unless i truly want a vg+) I’m more than happy with the odd message in Byro. To me it adds character and history to the album. I’ve got one that has a girl’s name with my surname and the year ’73. I love the fact that i was two years old when this person loved the record i now play. I’ve a Beach Boys double album with a note gifting it between friends. I’ve another that’s been used as support whilst someone wrote a letter. The depression of the pen covers most of the sleeve. It’s great these records have had a journey and been part of my fellow human beings lives :)

Alan M

And that’s a good thing. What’s a limited edition really if it doesn’t have a number on it? Limited edition of 1,000,000? Not really very special at that point.

What? Prince? Worry?

Let’s hope genuine fans got the 7” box set, instead of the scalpers, but I would assume alot these went to scalpers.

Bruno

Allowing multiple copy buying for such an item is a disgrace. If it is targeted to reals fans then they only need 1 and will cherish it. Seeing copies already on ebay for up to USD 450 is ridiculous. However, I don’t agree with expanding runs if they are announced as limited. This devalues the item for those who pay the premium for the limited nature. Queen coloured box set is a good example. It cost a lot of money just to have it reissued twice. Bowie’s 5 years was not reprinted and those who paid the premium were rewarded with a genuinely limited edition. But please no multiple copies.

What? Prince Scalpers? Worry

rest my case.

Scalpers are selling them on ebay at inflated prices already, hence the quick sell out.

Amazon will now flutter in and out of stock for pre-order, as I expect the original pre-order run sold out quickly (This happened to Series 14 blu ray of Dr Who and series 12 reissue).

And to wade in on the issue of damage due to post, it happens, yes everyone would like a prisitne mint copy (go to the shops if you want to sift through all stock to find undamaged copies if that’s what you want) but this day and age everything sent via post is packaged to the best intentions but in the end some have dings and rips and the odd crushing.

What Paul was getting out is that the scalpers are the picky ones that will buy in bulk and sell the mint or near mints send the rest back, or demand a new copy (I have noticed some folk on this thread have said they have bought three copies or more of the 8C + DVD, any particular reason?). For me, I’m glad I can have the thing to play and love instead of hoarding away in some dark room or bank vault waiting for retirement or death before you sell, hopefully the bottom of the market would of dropped out by then.

Klaus

@Avner:

Sorry mate, not going to happen because the number of limitation was obviously set with a reason.
I agree that it would’ve been nice if they chose to make 3.301.987 of these (originally released on 03/30/1987) instead because the supply would’ve lasted MUCH longer then ;-)

RJS

Did Prince’s estate “reach out” to you on IG, asking you to join them in an advisory capacity for all future reissue campaigns…? Or perhaps Jack White emailed you? It’s limited for a reason and I’m sure they’ve done their forecasts and know what they’re doing.

Avner

I have 20+ years in multi-media product management. I know what is possible, so my query was a fan with some insight – sadly, not specific to this project. But I know what CAN be done. It actually would be great if they reached out to fans!

Kauwgompie

Amazon.com has the 1999 big vinyl box for sale again. Last chance guys. Only $210. I quickly bought it.

Wayne C

Ordered the vinyl box set from What Records @ £250 and postage which is a good saving in the long run. Ordered a lot of stuff from them and they pack to those high standards as SDE do.

Ben Williams

Just ordered the 8xCD version of Sign O The Times on Amazon UK and have a receipt and order summary saying £143.99 – actual page still showing £199.99 – so if you are still looking for a copy before they sell out, I’d pre-order it asap

Turner

Thanks Ben for advising this. Just ordered and yes same for me – Said £199.99 but went through at £143.99. Strange!

Ben Williams

You’re welcome, glad this helped someone else get a copy!

gwynogue

I’ve ordered from JPC.

Every time I check Amazon Australia, it says ‘currently unavailable’. I’ve been checking since it was announced so – knowing Amazon Au – it was probably never available to begin with. Typical.

Amazon Au is useless, plain and simple. I am *still* waiting for my Prince “Up All Nite/One Nite Alone” box set – even though it was (allegedly) released a month ago and I ordered it on the day it was announced.

Oh well, someday my Prince will come…

Brent

Warners Australia now have it listed for pre-order, prices for the deluxe are $310 for the CD and $740 for the vinyl !!!!
Cheapest I’ve found so far would be to use Amazon Canada or Italy and use a forwarding service to Australia, I’m estimating about A$240 for the CD deluxe all costs and GST included.

Ant in NZ

You’re very lucky with JPC if they are shipping to Australia – they have a shipping price to send to NZ, but then when you check out, they say they can’t deliver! I messaged them about this and never heard back!

Marcel

Canadian price for the vinyl deluxe is incredible. The equivalent of €230 including shipping. Cancelled my JPC order and ordered from Canada. Thanks for the twitter heads up, Paul!

Le boom

What about import taxes?

Mike M

Superb price Marcel, here’s hoping it arrives in one piece

mattNYC

Peach 2LP on Amazon for US $35 with free US shipping.

AndreasL

Cheers – only another $6 to ship to New Zealand :-)

Ryk

AndreasL,

It is strange that Amazon US will ship the peach vinyl to NZ but not the CD super deluxe. There can’t be that much difference in size.

AndreasL

150 pound in RoughTrade. Paul, I thought you had a deal with RoughTrade and you were going to show their prices on your widget?

Electric Sydney

Thanks Paul! Do you have an inclination (like 1999) how limited the vinyl box might be? Like how quick should I be on the trigger. Thanks.

Mike M

You reckon they will sell out on pre order pal?

Richard Anderson

Does anyone know from experience how much the customs charges from Canada to UK are likely to be. Obviously the vinyl box set is great value at less than £200 from Canada but would the customs charges bring it up to the same price as those on the European Amazon sites. Thanks

Klaus

Anderson:

From my German pov i can tell you that it is common here to pay VAT (for the box as well as for p&p) plus a small fee for custom clearance so you can try it out on amazon.ca yourself if you go through the buying process right to the point where you see the “buy now”-button.

Mike M

No idea Richard, it’s a very good price but import charges have to be considered as does possible damage in transit, it’s happened to me shipping from the US. Great saving but it comes with added risk IMO.

johneffay

Hi Richard,
If it’s over £135.00 (unless it’s changed recently), you’re looking at a 2.5% customs charge, plus VAT (20%), so on a £200 purchase, you’re looking at £46.00. Of course, not everything gets stopped at customs, but it’s a risk you take with bargains outside the EU.

johneffay

With regards to my last post – I’ve just has a quick look & it looks like the duty might not be 2.5% any more. In any case, the charge is duty + VAT, & it’s the VAT which is the real killer.

SimonP

That always winds me right up when I buy stuff from the States. You pay all the taxes and P&P and the Royal Mail then want a bunch of money too before they hand it over!

Richard L

For Richard Anderson re Canada customs charges. Amazon.ca tend to use DHL for shipping. In the UK, they charge £11.00 for collecting customs duty, plus 20% of the total price – product + shipping. It seems you will always get done for this – no escape!

Joe

By the way: living in Utrecht, I am well chuffed that pretty soon the whole world will be listening to a concert recorded in my town!!!
Prince played here multiple times, both in very small venues and in a football stadium (the concert included in this set). I was too young back then, unfortunately…

John

This is an essential purchase!
However I have noticed the prices on amazon have shot up in a matter of days..the 8CD set now just short of £200!!! I assume this increase is in line with availability/demand as a number of other outlets still have it at sub £150?
Also I have often wondered about if you order from amazon.fr or amazon.it (still cheaper than UK amazon) is the booklet in French/Italian???! Probably a daft question but I am curious to know the answer if you know!

Mike M

Paul are you restocking any of these boxsets? They are showing as ‘out of stock’ as opposed to ‘sold out’. Many Thanks

Mike M

Okay mate cheers for that.

Kevin

Can anyone speak to the audio quality of the DVD? I imagine that multitrack recording was used since this was done at Paisley. Just wondering if any uberfans could speak to this. Thanks!

Ben

Why are there such significant differences in the prices? You can get both Super Deluxe Editions (CD & Vinyl for 280 EUR) in the USA for less, for what you have to pay in Germany for the Vinyl Super Deluxe alone (299 EURO on amazon by the time of writing).

William K

I know this is a UK based site but with many international buyers & contributors so I’m a little surprised at the apparent lack of interest in Amazon Italy’s lower price for the 8CD/DVD set. I’ve purchased it from them with a little help from a coincidental €5 coupon they sent me a few days ago. That will just about cover the shipping costs. The total price for me in sterling will be around £127 (or less). Many but by no means all of my Amazon Italy purchases over the years were dispatched from the UK.

phantomengineer

I’ve cancelled my two previous orders – JPC and amazon.uk – see below, and plumped for amazon.it. Never had a problem with them, and pre-ordered the Roxy Music debut album box, the most recent Go-Betweens box, and The Kinks ‘Arthur…’ box all at the best price. These were received very quickly, and with absolutely no issues. Like William, I’m pretty sure at least two of these were sent from within the UK.

Timo

I did the same: a pre-order at Amazon.it . I normally go for .de as it delivers free of charge to my country, but in this case the price difference is still huge, and the Italian site charges only appr. 5 € for p+p. The confirmation email states clearly “Sold by Amazon EU SarL”, which means it can come from any of their European warehouses. I have occasionally also used the French site, w/o any issues (I prefer the EU sites, won’t have any problems with import duties).

Frederic Muylle

special seven-inch singles box already SOLD OUT

Mike M

Sold out within hours

Branny

I ordered the 8 cd from Amazon for £143.99. I have a horrible feeling that I’ll be getting an “unfulfilled” email from them as it’s highly likely that they’ll be giving those willing to pay £200 priority. I hope not but won’t be surprised if I miss out.

David TW

Branny, is there any evidence Amazon does that? I’ve never heard of it. I’m in the same boat as you if so!

Branny

David have a read through the Tears for Fears reissues comments. Several people had problems with unfulfilled orders on the day of release only for the sde’s to then be relisted at inflated prices. The demand for this is going to be greater and from a business point of view makes more sense for Amazon to fulfill the £199.99 orders first. Hopefully there’s enough in the run for everybody.

Harcourt Fenton Mudd

Hot thing! This is a beautiful looking set.

This release will undoubtedly sellout before the end of June, let alone September…I am sure amazon can decide who to send the X amount of sets they have to the 3X amount of people that want them. Yes, the £200 pre-orderers will ”win”, I am sure.

If profit is the name of the exercise here (and it is – prince, who we all know was very happy to release music, and lots of it, never wanted you to see hear or own the majority of what this SDE contains) then why oh why, when they have so many connotations of this SOTT release is there not a:

3 cd standalone vault recordings

2cd 1dvd stand-alone LIVE recordings

Then all bases are covered and the rich and the poor can get a piece of this in their hands.

I would love to have the 8cd set, but not at £140….and therefore also not at £200 ! …but what I really only crave in this set is the vault recordings …3 cds only.

Despite all my rambling, Prince can be bought , and not for a princely sum neither . . . I just “treated” myself to one of princes albums I don’t own…Down to £3 on amazon…his 2nd album “prince”.

Sign of the times
Mess with your mind
Hurry before it’s too late……

Nathan Thomas

“ This release will undoubtedly sellout before the end of June, let alone September ” – This post didn’t age well since it’s now September & they’re still selling them (with Amazon even dropping the super deluxe LP price to £229 this week)

Richard Harris

And so am I. There was enough online outrage at the initial Amazon UK price of £143.99 and no indication that a further £56 price hike would be forthcoming when we bit the bullet and ordered at the initial price, so why should those who ordered straightaway not have their orders fulfilled in favour of those ordering at £200? I know the argument is “it makes business sense”. Other UK online stores like Townsend Music and Badlands are still selling the CD set at around the £150 mark – they haven’t hiked the prices up to match Amazon UK and at least one of those two takes the payment when the order is placed so it’s not as if they can go back and demand a premium later.

Klaus

Sinclair:

Me neither. I’m quite certain that amazon has made arrangements with Warner on how many units they’ll be gettin’ and will stop taking pre-orders when the number of ordered copies reaches that number.

Wayne C

Although I absolutely love this album, and would absolutely consider it to be one of the most essential albums I bought when I was younger (bought it the week of release). I can’t get my head around the prices they are charging for this re issue!. Prices of these just seem to be going up and up and up. I bought the four Bowie vinyl boxes around the £170 mark and thought that was a realistic price for the contents within. But £280 + really is taking it to new levels. I’ve been a fan of Prince since 1999 came out, and saw him on the Lovesexy Tour at the NEC which to this day I consider in my top 3 shows of all time. My memories of that concert are more vivid ( the car coming out at the beginning and end) than any other concert I’ve been to. Yes he is an extremely important artist to all of us. To be honest most of it like others have said will only be played once and then put back in the box so I’m in two minds.
Brilliant album and not a poor track on it – there is no doubt but the price is eye watering…

Neil Dyer

What Records has it at £129.99, plus £6.60 p&p (UK to UK)

Sterling

US buyers: if you order from importcdscom, register as a new customer. Once you confirm your account and email address you will receive a one time code to apply for a 10% offer for first time order. Using this I was able to purchase set for total amount of $113.72 which included shipping.

At this time, this price is better than the Amazon US/UK/IT orders I have. I will cancel my Amazon orders if prices don’t drop further before release date. I’m not an eBay flipper. Just looking for the best price out there. I’ve never had problems ordering from them in the past; they will take your money at time of order however.

Hope this can help others. Stay safe to all.